Myth about Aging
Aging is all downhill
Young and old are compared and where there are differences, we assume there is decrement Aging people today ? all of us ? anticipate decline There is nothing wrong with studying problems of old age Compelling evidence suggests that we will experience declines in physical and sensory functioning (hearing, vision, taste), as well as cognitive abilities (perceptual speed, memory, verbal fluency) Those are obviously decremental changes believe that there is considerable growth that occurs with age and we social scientists overlook it too frequently We overlook the gains because we are so focused on loss .